Pellissippi State begins offering Associate of Fine Arts degree with Music concentration

posted in: Degree Programs, Music | 0

Thanks to a new program at Pellissippi State Community College, students interested in pursuing a career or four-year degree in music can now earn a two-year Associate of Fine Arts that concentrates in that area.

All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Long regarded as providing one of the area’s top Music programs, the community college boasts an extensive and diverse group of faculty. Among the course areas they teach are conducting, ear training, piano, vocal and instrumental ensembles, and theory. Applied instruction is available in piano, voice, and guitar, brass, percussion, string, and woodwind instruments.

For students who choose not to pursue an A.F.A., Pellissippi State offers a variety of general music classes, including piano, both vocal and instrumental ensembles, music appreciation, and private instruction. The community college is known for having small classes and affordable tuition.

Many of Pellissippi State’s Music students take advantage of the college’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 with the goal of elevating the Music program to world-class status. The college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Scholarships are available for students pursuing the A.F.A. with a Music concentration. They are awarded annually to recognize excellence in musical performance and academic achievement. Auditions for scholarships are scheduled each spring, and recipients are required to perform in one or more of Pellissippi State’s ensembles.

Two ensembles, Concert Chorale and Variations, focus on vocal performances. Six are instrument-based performing groups: Bluegrass Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Studio Orchestra. can choose from among more than 30 majors, complete the required courses, earn an associate’s degree and transfer as a junior to a Tennessee public university. Some specific academic programs may have competitive admissions, but students are advised about requirements upon enrollment at Pellissippi State.

Students attending Pellissippi State in the TTP program can major in such subjects as accounting, art, biology, history, information systems, math, psychology and sociology. In addition to the new A.F.A., students also may graduate and transfer with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree.

The spring 2013 application deadline is Jan. 7. Classes begin Jan. 17.

For information regarding Music scholarships, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or visit

To learn more about the A.F.A. degree, call (865) 694-6400 or visit